Waller has his pace in the Sun
CHRIS Waller is convinced d his colt The Autumn Sun can do something Winx never got the chance to do – take on and d beat the world – after demol- ishing the field to win the e $2 million Caulfield Guineas.
The prospect of Australia’s ’s two most exciting horses buttting heads in this year’s Cox ox Plate appears remote, with the he trainer doubtful his colt is seasoned enough to tackle his superstar stablemate.
“We didn’t get the chance (to take on the world) with Winx; we left it too late,” Waller said after The Autumn Sun yesterday backed up his Golden Rose win with a 4½-length procession in the Guineas.
“I doubt we will miss out with this bloke.”
Nineteen years to the weekend since his sire Redoute’s Choice outslugged Testa Rossa in the same race, The Autumn Sun overcame a difficult and wide run in transit to provide star hoop James McDonald with his first Group 1 success in two years.
The relief was palpable for McDonald, who feared momentarily he had botched it, but was left almost speechless with the horse’s stunning performance.
“The world is his oyster, not many of them can do that,” McDonald said.
Starting a $1.75 favourite, The Autumn Sun was three wide for almost the entire trip after jumping ““too well”, ell” ac according to McDonald, but he stormed clear to win from $101 outsider Vassilator, with the filly Oohood ($9.50) finishing third.
Waller will meet the colt’s owners early in the week to determine what comes next.
“I know everyone is dying to hear ‘Will he run in the Cox Plate?’ but ultimately it will be up to the owners,” he said.
“If he is going to be a world champion, he would have to beat Winx.
“If he is going to be a world champion in two weeks, he will be in six months time.
“(Winx) hasn’t got the ‘world’s best crown’ for nothing. She gets around Moonee Valley better than any horse.
‘‘I am not afraid to run my horses against her and I wouldn’t be in the Cox Plate, but I am doing the right thing by the horse.”
When McDonald was asked after the race if The Autumn Sun should take on Winx, he said: “No, I wouldn’t, she’s too good.”
SEASON’S GREETINGS: Jockey James McDonald rides The Autumn Sun to victory in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas; and (inset) trainer Chris Waller holds the trophy aloft.